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Liverpool in the market for replacements if Ezri Konsa reports are true

Liverpool appear to be in the market for replacements after links with Ezri Konsa. We could see some big moves this year.

Liverpool aren’t playing well and that could bring about changes. That’s just the nature of football – don’t stand still if you don’t like where you are.

But what does that exactly mean for Liverpool? They’re not exactly going o rip up this title-winning squad, after all.

We might see smaller-scale replacements, then. That certainly appears to be the plan, anyway.

The Athletic reports that Liverpool are eyeing up Ezri Konsa. The 23-year-old is developing a real reputation for himself.

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Konsa joined Aston Villa back in 2019 and is coming up on two years of Premier League experience. It’s enough, apparently, to put him in England contention.

And enough to put him in contention for a Liverpool move.

But make no mistake – Konsa wouldn’t come cheap. He’s an English player with a growing reputation, after all, and that commands a hefty fee.

Liverpool will know that. Their interest will be in spite of it. That tells us that they’re willing to spend a decent amount of cash on a player like Konsa, then.

The profile

This is in line with other reports. In fact, we recently went over at least eight defenders Liverpool asked about on deadline day.

All were of a similar profile – playing in a decent league with a few years of experience but still young enough to develop. And none were particularly cheap.

Liverpool won’t be signing these players as squad options, then. They’re the next generation of starters. The Reds want players to replace Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip.

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Replacing Matip may happen right away – they won’t spend big on Konsa, for instance, and then have him as fourth-choice. Van Dijk, though, is different.

He’ll still lead the defence for a little while. That’s the beauty of that 22-24-year-old age bracket, though. Anyone signed would fit their prime in three or four years, right when Van Dijk fades.

It seems quite clear that this is the plan for 2021. Liverpool want their long-term replacements in ASAP.

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